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Course, academic year 2023/2024
Product Ecology - AM240007
Title: Product Ecology
Guaranteed by: Department of Sustainability and Product Ecology (241)
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Technology
Actual: from 2023 to 2023
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:5
E-Credits: winter s.:5
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/2, C+Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited / unlimited (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Kočí Vladimír prof. Ing. Ph.D., MBA
Interchangeability : M240007, N240007
Annotation -
The main goal of this subject Product Ecology is to explain Life Cycle Assessment method and other methods of environmental impact assessment of various product types. Broad variety of practical examples of use of LCA is demonstrated. All environmental impact categories used in LCA are explained in detail .
Last update: Kubová Petra (12.04.2018)
Aim of the course -

Detailed knowledge of Life Cycle Assessment method, mechanisms of environmental impacts of industrial activities and environmental product declaration of products and services.

Last update: Kubová Petra (12.04.2018)
Literature -

R: Baumann H., A.-M. Tillman, and A. Kellström, The hitch hiker's guide to LCA: an orientation in life cycle assessment methodology and application. 1:8 ed. 2004, Lund: Studentlitteratur.ISBN 9144023642;9789144023649

R: International Journal of LCA

R: Guinée Jeroen B (Ed.), Handbook on Life Cycle Assessment: Operational Guide to the ISO Standards. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2002, ISBN: 1-4020-0228-9

Last update: Bindzar Jan (28.12.2023)
Learning resources

The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment:

Last update: Kubová Petra (12.04.2018)
Syllabus -

1. Product ecology. Relationship between human activities and environment. Life cycle thinking. Problem of environmental impact assessment of processes and human activities.

2.Environmental impact categories - local, regional, global. Overview of impact categories: Resource consumption. Waste production. Origin and causation. Assessment and Evaluation methods. Future trends.

3.Overview of impact categories: Eutrophication. Acidification. Origin and causation. Assessment and Evaluation methods. Future trends.

4.Overview of impact categories: Global warming. Stratospheric ozone depletion. Photochemical ozone formation. Origin and causation. Assessment and Evaluation methods. Future trends.

5.Overview of impact categories: Ecotoxicology. Origin and causation. Assessment and Evaluation methods. Future trends.

6.Overview of impact categories: Human health. Human toxicity. Origin and causation. Assessment and Evaluation methods. Future trends.

7.Life Cycle Assessment concept. Goal and scope definition. Standards. Functional unit. Reference flow. System boundary.

8.Inventory analysis. Process. Unit process. Reference flow.

9.Elementary flow. Energy. Allocation. Data quality.

10.Impact assessment. Classification. Characterization. Normalization. Valuation

11.Calculation of impact potentials. Impact category indicator. Equivalency factors.

12.LC Interpretation. Improvement assessment. Presentation. Critical review. Sensitivity analysis. PC software.

13.Other system tools of environmental protection: cleaning production, IPPC, environmental management EMS, Ecodesign. Ecoaudit. Ecolabeling. ERA. The role of ERA in environmental management. Relationship between EIA, ERA and LCA.

14.Examples of negative impacts of fable waste management. Case studies. Ethical and social aspects of environmental protection. Ecological education. Environmental ethics.

Last update: Kubová Petra (12.04.2018)
Registration requirements -


Last update: Kubová Petra (12.04.2018)
Course completion requirements -

Presentation on a specific topic given during the semester.

Last update: Kočí Vladimír (10.11.2023)
Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Obhajoba individuálního projektu 1 28
Práce na individuálním projektu 1 28
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 3 84
5 / 5 140 / 140